USC Sociology Faculty


Tenure Track Faculty

 
Jody Agius Vallejo
Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D. University of California, Irvine
Office: KAP364C
Phone: (213)740-5047
Email: vallejoj@usc.edu

Research Specialities: Immigrant Incorporation, Race/Ethnicity, Mexican-Origin Middle Class, Middle-Class Minorities, Latino Entrepreneurs
Tim Biblarz
Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies
Ph.D. University of Washington
Office: HSH314
Phone: (213)740-3547
Email: biblarz@usc.edu

Research Specialities: Family Sociology, Stratification and Social Mobility, Gender and Sexuality, Demography, Statistics
Lynne Casper
Professor of Sociology
Ph.D. Penn State
Office: HSH313
Phone: (213)740-3533
Email: lcasper@usc.edu

Research Specialities: Family Sociology; Family Demography; Work, Family and Health; Gender, Work, and Family; Family Change and Variation; Social Demography, Quantitative Methods
Nina Eliasoph
Professor of Sociology
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Office: KAP352
Phone: (213)740-3533
Email: eliasoph@usc.edu

Research Specialities: political sociology and communication, cultural sociology, ethnography, sociolinguistics, social theory, emotions, organizations, and nonprofits/NGOs.
Katie Hasson
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Office: HSH314
Phone: (213)740-3533
Email: khasson@usc.edu

Research Specialities: Gender; Science, Technology, and Medicine; Sexuality; the Body; Health and Illness
Sharon Hays
Professor of Sociology

Office: KAP352
Phone: (213)740-3533
Email: sharonrh@usc.edu

Research Specialities: cultural sociology; sociology of inequality; gender studies; social theory
Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo
Professor of Sociology
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Office: KAP352
Phone: (213)740-3606
Email: sotelo@usc.edu

Research Specialities: (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1990) Professor of Sociology: International migration and immigrant integration; gender; informal sector work;Mexican/Latino immigrant workers; religion and social movements for immigrant rights.
Jennifer Hook
Associate Professor of Sociology, Spatial Sciences and Gender Studies
Ph.D. University of Washington
Office: KAP352
Phone: (213)740-3533
Email: hook@usc.edu

Research Specialities: Family Demography, Gender, Inequality, Work-Family, Social Policy, Child Welfare, Comparative Sociology
Elaine Bell Kaplan
Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Office: KAP360
Phone: (213)740-8865
Email: ekaplan@usc.edu

Research Specialities: Race and ethnic relations; social inequality; sociology of childhood; gender, qualitative methodology, visual sociology
Dan Lainer-Vos
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D. Columbia University
Office: KAP352
Phone: (213)740-1082
Email: lainer-vos@usc.edu

Research Specialities: Nationalism (Jewish and Irish), Diaspora Politics, Economic Sociology, Sociological Theory, Historical Comparative Methods, Science and Technology Studies, Charisma, Conscientious Objection
Andrew Lakoff
Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Office: KAP348 D
Phone: (213)740-7029
Email: lakoff@usc.edu

Research Specialities: Science and Technology Studies, History of the Human Sciences, Globalization Processes, Risk and Modernity
Paul Lichterman
Professor of Sociology and Religion
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Office: KAP352
Phone: (213)740-3533
Email: lichterm@usc.edu

Research Specialities: culture (public culture, civic and political culture, organizational culture), religion, political sociology, civic engagement, theory, qualitative methodology, ethnographic methods
Alwyn Lim
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D. University of Michigan
Office: HSH317
Phone: (213)740-3533
Email: alwynlim@usc.edu

Research Specialities: Organizations and Institutions; Global and Transnational Sociology; Human Rights and Social Movements
Michael Messner
Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Office: KAP352
Phone: (213)740-8848
Email: messner@usc.edu

Research Specialities: sex and gender, gender and sport, gender-based violence
Ann Owens
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Spatial Sciences
Ph.D. Harvard University
Office: HSH204
Phone: (213)821-5730
Email: annowens@usc.edu

Research Specialities: Urban Sociology, Sociology of Education, Social Stratification, Social Policy, Quantitative Analysis, Spatial Analysis
Rhacel Salazar Parrenas
Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Office: KAP352
Phone: (213)740-3533
Email: parrenas@usc.edu

Research Specialities: Gender, Migration, Families, Intimacy, Economic Globalization, Women and Work, Feminist Theory, Asian American Studies, Philippines and Southeast Asian Studies
Manuel Pastor
Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change and Professor of Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Office: JEF102
Phone: (213)740-5604
Email: mpastor@college.usc.edu

Research Specialities: Urban poverty and regional economies; Latinos in the urban U.S.; environmental justice; labor markets and low-wage workers; social movements and social justice.
Leland Saito
Associate Professor of Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
Office: HSH851DowneyWayHSH314
Phone: (213)740-3533
Email: lsaito@usc.edu

Research Specialities: (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1992) Associate Professor of Sociology and ASE: Race and ethnic relations; Asian American Studies; urban politics; urban sociology; historic preservation; economic development; redistricting; qualitative research methods
Emily Smith-Greenaway
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Spatial Sciences
Ph.D. Penn State University
Office: HSH309
Phone: (213)740-8869
Email: smithgre@usc.edu
John Wilson
Professor of Sociology, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, and Architecture
Ph.D. University of Toronto
Office: AHFB55F
Phone: (213)740-1908
Email: jpwilson@usc.edu

Research Specialities: GIS, spatial analysis,environmental modeling, mapping
 

Affiliated Faculty

 
Jennifer Ailshire
Assistant Professor of Gerontology, Sociology, and Spatial Sciences
Ph.D. University of Michigan
Email: ailshire@usc.edu

Research Specialities: Aging and the Life Course, Neighborhoods and Health, Social Relationships, Health Disparities, Social Demography, Quantitative Methods, Spatial Methods
Manuel Castells
University Professor, Wallis Annenberg Chair of Communication Techonology and Society and Professor of Communication, Sociology, Planning, and International Relations
Ph.D. University of Paris-Sorbonne
Office: ASC332C
Phone: (213)821-5386
Email: castells@usc.edu
Dowell Myers
Professor of Policy, Planning, and Development and Sociology
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Office: VKC363
Phone: (213)740-7095
Email: dowell@usc.edu

Research Specialities: (Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981) Professor, School of Policy, Planning, and Development: Immigration; ethnic change/demographic diversity and trends; growth management; housing & urban development; real estate market analysis; local census data analysis; urban growth, sprawl & quality of life.
Camille Rich
Professor of Law and Sociology

Phone: (213)740-9043
Email: cgrich@law.usc.edu

Research Specialities: constitutional law, feminist legal theory, legal ethics, employment discrimination, and children and the law
Emily Ryo
Assistant Professor of Law and Sociology

Phone: (213)740-3409
Email: eryo@law.usc.edu

Research Specialities: immigration, criminal law, employment and labor, socio-legal studies and civil rights
Avelardo Valdez
Professor of Social Work and Sociology

Phone: (213)821-6482
Email: avelardv@usc.edu

Research Specialities: Behavioral Health, HIV/AIDS, Social Development/Policy, Substance Abuse
 

Research Faculty

 
Brian Finch
Professor (Research) of Sociology and Spatial Sciences
Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
Office: ICT2000
Phone: (213)821-2774
Email: brian.finch@usc.edu

Research Specialities: Social Demography; Population Health and Health Disparities; Quantitative Methods
 

Teaching Faculty

 
Karen Sternheimer
Associate Professor (Teaching) of Sociology
Ph.D. University of Southern California
Office: HSH314
Phone: (213)740-3533
Email: sternhei@usc.edu

Research Specialities: Popular culture, moral panics, childhood and youth, celebrity culture
 

Lecturers

 
Robert Eap
Lecturer

Office: UUC217
Phone: (213)740-4940
Email: reap@usc.edu
Daniela Levy
Lecturer

Email: levydani@usc.edu
Juliana Mc Gene
Lecturer

Office: RGL313
Phone: (213)740-0350
Email: mcgene@usc.edu
Joseph Palacios
Lecturer
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Email: josephp@usc.edu
Research Specialities: Sociology of Religion, Political Culture, Civil Society, Social Theory, Latin American and Latino Sociology, and Social Justice Analysis
 

Emeritus Faculty

 
Constance Ahrons
Emeritus Professor of Sociology
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison
Phone: (858)274-8943
Vern Bengtson
Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Phone: (213)740-8242
Email: bengtson@usc.edu
Lamar Empey
Emeritus Professor of Sociology

Phone: (307)527-7880
Malcolm Klein
Emeritus Professor of Sociology
Maurice Van Arsdol
Emeritus Professor of Sociology
  • Sociology
  • 851 Downey Way
  • HSH 314
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-1059